|Publication number||US4773652 A|
|Application number||US 07/039,705|
|Publication date||Sep 27, 1988|
|Filing date||Apr 20, 1987|
|Priority date||Apr 20, 1987|
|Publication number||039705, 07039705, US 4773652 A, US 4773652A, US-A-4773652, US4773652 A, US4773652A|
|Inventors||Kenneth J. Mosser|
|Original Assignee||Mosser Kenneth J|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (8), Non-Patent Citations (3), Referenced by (8), Classifications (4), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The invention is directed to automatic reset targets for projectiles. The target is a portable device having a silhouette held in a position so as to be hit with projectiles shot from firearms.
Shooting, in general, has been popular since prehistoric days where there was rock throwing, spear tossing, and knife throwing. Today, silhouette shooting is enjoyed by many hobbyists and competitors. Targets for shooting practice are commonly used. These targets include clay discs and various cut-out figures or silhouettes, such as silhouette animals, beer cans or bottles, and human torsons. One target assembly comprises a cut-out silhouette rotatably mounted on a U-shaped frame anchored to a support or ground. A shaft extends downwardly from the center of the frame and is attached to the cut-out silhouette. The frame ends are inserted into the ground. When the silhouette is hit, it swings relative to the frame until stopped by gravitational forces. Another target has silhouettes mounted on a rubber shock-absorbing member which is secured to a grounded stake. The silhouette and rubber member bend rearwardly as they are hit by a projectile. The rubber member causes the silhouette to spring back to an upright position.
Prior target assemblies for shooting practice have had many difficulties. One major difficulty in resetting the silhouette to its original upright position when hit by a projectile. After being hit the silhouette continues to vibrate or to swing or are lying flat to the ground. There is a time lapse before the silhouette is fixed in an upright position. This makes the shooting of consecutive shots or rapid fire impractical and tie consuming.
The invention is directed to a target assembly that automatically returns to a selected position after being hit with a moving projectile, such as a bullet. The target assembly has a target attached to an anchor. A counterweight connected to the target is used to yieldably position a silhouette mounted on the target in a generally upright position. The target assembly is portable and can be set up in a relatively short period of time in an appropriate shooting area.
One form of the invention has a target that includes a base secured to a downwardly directed stake. The stake is adapted to penetrate into the ground to anchor the target in a fixed position. The movable member is part of a hinge means that is connected to the base. The movable member is pivotally mounted on the base for movement between a generally upright position and a generally horizontal position. A silhouette in the shape of a selected outline form, such as an animal, bird, person torso, or the like, is attached to the movable member. The movable member normally holds the silhouette in a generally upright position making it a visible target for the shooter. A plate connected to the movable member is used with a normally attached arm having a biasing counterweight to yieldably hold the silhouette in a generally upright position.
The target assembly automatically resets the silhouette in a generally upright position after the impact force of the projectile is dissipated. The entire target assembly is durable in construction and can take impacts from the bullets of al types of firearm handguns from BB to 45 caliber and larger firearms. After impact, the bullets deflect harmlessly upward. The target assembly is also useable in other types of target practice and competition, such as bow and arrow, cross bow, sling shot, golf, hand throwing or pitching of a ball. The above advantages and features of the target assembly are embodied in the following detailed description thereof.
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the target assembly of the invention anchored to the ground;
FIG. 2 is a front elevational view of the target of FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is a rear elevational view of the target of FIG. 1;
FIG. 4 is a side view of the target of FIG. 1 with the silhouette in the upright position; and
FIG. 5 is a side view of the target of FIG. 1 with the silhouette in the knock down position.
Referring to FIG. 1, there is shown an automatic target reset assembly of the invention indicated generally at 10 used for firearm practice. Target assembly 10 also can be used for other sport activities including but not limited to bow and arrow, cross bow, sling shot, golf, hockey, and like projectile devices.
Target assembly 10 is fixed to the ground 14. Target assembly 10 can be attached to other supports. For example, when target assembly 10 is used indoors, a support, such as a platform or floor, is used to hold target assembly 10. A counterweight 26 on the target assembly 10 is used to continuously and yieldably hold a silhouette 27 in an upright position as seen in FIG. 1. When silhouette 27 is hit with a projectile 28, it swings backward against the biasing force of the counterweight 26. The counter weight 26 automatically resets silhouette 27 to its upright position.
Target assembly 10, as shown in FIGS. 1 to 5, has a generally upright stake 11 terminating in a lower pointed end 12. Stake 11 is a generally flat bar having a transverse bar 13 attached adjacent the pointed end 12. End 12 and bar 13 are normally inserted into the ground 14 to retain stake 11 in an upright position. A horizontal transverse base 16 is secured by welds or the like to the upper end of stake 11. Base 16 is a flat block of metal having a rectangular shape. A generally flat vertically disposed bar or stop member 17 is secured to the back of the upper end of stake 11 with welds or the like. The top horizontal edge of stop member 17 is located a short distance below base 16. A hinge 18 is attached to the back end of base 16. Hinge 18 pivotally connects a first generally upright member or plate 19 to base 16 with a generally horizontal pivot pin 21. Pin 21 and hinge 18 are located behind base 16 where they are protected from moving projectiles. A second member 22 or plate 22 is secured normal to the front of the lower end of first member 19. The rear end of member 22 is secured with welds to the lower end of member 19 adjacent hinge 18 to retain members 19 and 22 normal or 90 degress to each other. A downwardly extending arm 24 having counterweight 26 on its lower end is attached to the forward end of second member 22. Counterweight 26 is a transverse metal bar secured to the backside of the lower end of arm 26 whereby arm 24 projects the counterweight 26 from projectiles, such as bullets. First member 19 and arm 24 are generally parallel with arm 24 located forwardly of hinge 18. A silhouette 27 is connected to the forward side of member 19. Silhouette 27 is shown as an outline of a woodchuck. Silhouette 27 can have other configurations such as other small animals, birds, a human torso or a simulated concentric circle target design. Silhouette 27 is a hard steel plate that extends in an upright direction. Silhouette 27 is relatively narrow as compared to its height. There is only minimal side pressure on the hinge 18 when silhouette 27 is hit with a projectile. Silhouette 27 will flip over or pivot rearwardly when hit with a projectile as indicated by arrows 29 in FIGS. 1 and 4. The weight of member 27 is substantially less than the weight of counterweight 26 so that the target 10 is quickly reset. Triangular-shpaed wedge 23 is secured to the center of the bottom of silhouette 27 and to the second member 22 for additional support.
In use, stake 11 is inserted into the ground by applying a downward pressure on bar 13. Bar 13 can also be pushed into the ground thereby further anchoring target 10 to the ground. Counterweight 26 biases and holds the silhouette 27 in its generally upright position. Second member 22 is generally horizontal and in engagement with the top of base 16. Base 16 functions as a stop to yieldably hold silhouette 27 in its generally upright position. Counterweight 26 is engageable with the front of stake 11 so that stake 11 also functions as a stop to yieldably hold member 27 in the generally upright position.
As shown in FIG. 4, when a projectile 28, such as a bullet moving along line 28A, strikes the silhouette 27, hinge 18 allows silhouette 27 to swing in a rearward direction as indicated by arrow 29. Projectile 28 deflects upwardly as indicated by arrow 31. This swings first member 19 downwardly and backward until it strikes the top of stop member 17. Second member 22 and arm 24 will be moved in a genrally upward direction as indicated by arrow 32. The movement of member 22 and arm 24 is against the biasing force of counterweight 26. When the impact force of projectile 28 is dissipated, countrweight 26 will automatically return member 19 and silhouette 27 to its upright position and hold silhouette in its upright position.
Target assembly 10 is usable for target practice and shooting competition with rifles and handguns. Preferably, rifles using .22 caliber long and .22 magnum ammunition and handguns using .22 caliber long to .44 caliber magnum ammunition do not destroy the target 10 including the silhouette 27.
While there has been shown and described a preferred embodiment of the invention, it is understood that changes in the structure, size of structure, materials, silhouette designs, and arrangement of the structure can be made by those skilled in the art without departing from the invention. The invention is defined in the following claims.
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|Apr 29, 1992||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|Sep 27, 1992||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|
|Dec 1, 1992||FP||Expired due to failure to pay maintenance fee|
Effective date: 19920927